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Utility Watch and Protect Technician

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Job Details
Job Order Number
Company Name
HBK Engineering, LLC
Physical Address

Chicago, IL 60664
Job Description

HBK Engineering is searching for a Utility Watch and Protect Technician. Our firm offers a professional work environment, excellent benefits, competitive salary and growth potential.

The Utility Watch and Protect Technician will be responsible for a variety of tasks related to utility protection for a variety of utility clients. The Technician will be responsible for monitoring excavation to help prevent damage from being done to critical facilities.


+ Compares real world conditions to the record documentation to identify errors and omissions.

+ Verifies location of all client facilities within specified dig extents.

+ Watches and protects client facilities within a given area as directed by client.

+ Understands contractor?s means and methods for subsurface installations.

+ Responsible for monitoring and providing surveillance of critical infrastructure where excavations are known to be taking place or will be taking place soon.

+ Contacting excavators and scheduling with them to monitor critical excavation.

+ Monitoring excavations near critical infrastructure to prevent damage from being done to client facilities.

+ Locates and marks underground facilities using various industry tools, standards and methods including the use of various locating devices and utility maps.


+ High school diploma or GED certificate.

+ Valid driver?s license.

+ 2 years of experience in the construction and/or locating industry.

Essential skills and experience:

+ Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.

+ Strong communication and interpersonal skills to be able to work smoothly with citizens, company, contractor representatives, and customers.

+ Good organizational skills to be able to handle many varied tasks at once.

+ Knowledge and understanding of safe worksite practices.

+ Experience with the construction and installation of below grade infrastructure.

+ Experience working within and utilizing existing utility standard designs.

+ Experience with complex urban underground utility infrastructure.

+ Experience with serving as firm/client liaison.

+ Experience in reviewing design drawings created by others.

+ Experience in the use and basic maintenance of industry standard locating equipment.

+ Experience using basic communication and tech devices.

+ Proficient in web based email.

Valued but not required skills and experience:

+ 2-year or 4-year degree is a plus.

+ Surveying experience is a plus.

Tools and Equipment Used:

+ Personal computer, including word processing and spreadsheet software.

+ Motor vehicle.

+ Phone, Camera, GPS.

+ Tape measure, wheel, various types of locating equipment including but not limited to conductive and inductive radio devices, Metal detectors.

Physical Requirements:

+ Capable of moving about on construction work sites, public streets and parkway.

+ Capable of lifting up to 75lbs.

+ Ability to stand, walk, kneel or sit for extended periods.

+ Hand-eye coordination necessary to operate computers and various measurement, locating and testing instruments.

Work Environment:

+ Work safely outside in all weather conditions year round.

+ Occasionally work in excavations areas and roadways.

+ Occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, and vibration.

+ The noise level in the work environment is occasionally moderate to loud.

Job Location: Chicago, IL

Offers contingent upon satisfactory results from our standard background check and receipt of results of a satisfactory drug screening test from a location specified by HBK.

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